What Is the Most Racist City in America?

What Is the Most Racist City in America?

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Hayden

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Oct 9, 2010
On one level, quantifying racism doesn’t make much sense. From the standpoint of individual experience, two people who suffer discrimination based on their ethnic status might feel equally violated even if the incident differs. Who can say one experienced “more racism” if both feel hurt?

But let’s consider the question at the macro level. Specifically, what is the most racist town/city in America?

I thought of this question a long time ago when I lived in Boston. The city puzzled me. I knew about the strong liberal sentiment among the populace, but I didn’t have to look far to see that racism was part of its historical core. For example, school integration was violently resisted by many of its white ethnic residents. In sports, the city has been home to some of the most extreme forms of racism — check out Howard Bryant’s terrific book, Shut Out, in which he explores the longstanding bigotry in the Red Sox baseball organization. And I was surprised how openly some of the city’s African-American residents talked about experiencing racism at work, in bars, and on the streets.

Does it make sense to classify Boston on a racism index? Is it any different than other cities?

Before I share some social science thinking on the subject early next week, I turn this over to Freakonomics readers: In your opinion, what is the most racist city in America, and why?

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#2 Oct 9, 2010
East St. Louis, Illinois. The blacks there hate all whites for no reason other than the color of there skin.
And then of course East L.A., California is another one where whites are hated just because they are white.
Don't believe me or find this to be humorous, go walking around any place where the majority of the race is other than white at night and see what happens if you are white.
sincity

Louisville, KY

#3 Oct 13, 2010
cincinnati is terrible
alien

United States

#4 Jun 12, 2011
if you are wait immigrant never come in south, you no will find job+you will be treaten like a slave working for all this laisenes dark people. alabama is worst, birmingham =super rasist=ANIMALABAMA

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#5 Jun 12, 2011
Saynototheleft wrote:
East St. Louis, Illinois. The blacks there hate all whites for no reason other than the color of there skin.
And then of course East L.A., California is another one where whites are hated just because they are white.
Don't believe me or find this to be humorous, go walking around any place where the majority of the race is other than white at night and see what happens if you are white.
You have a very narrow view of where the real racism exists.

Houston Texas, Phoenix Arizona, Waco texas, Biloxi Mississippi, Mobile Alabama, Miami Florida. Just to name a few.

“Purple girl in a purple world”

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#6 Jun 13, 2011
Whatever city with the most minority members. The racism Af. Ams. have today is much worse than when it was the other way around. The "first abused" justification starts to wear thin after a while.

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#7 Jun 13, 2011
Purple Gurl wrote:
Whatever city with the most minority members. The racism Af. Ams. have today is much worse than when it was the other way around. The "first abused" justification starts to wear thin after a while.
Having come from a large NE City , I have to agree with you.

-Kevin-
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Smirk .. ;-)

#8 Jun 13, 2011
NASCAR Racin is fun111
SC Redneck

Lexington, SC

#9 Jun 13, 2011
-Kevin- wrote:
NASCAR Racin is fun111
U R probably really into it

“Purple girl in a purple world”

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Plum, Purplonia

#10 Jun 13, 2011
-Kevin- wrote:
NASCAR Racin is fun111
So Charlotte and Hickory, NC must be "racist?" And Charlotte is in multiple ways. They have the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and they have gangs. Memorial Day led to a couple of killings in the middle of a huge brawl, as well as a bunch of Black's destroying and looting a White-owned business during the confusion of the other melee. City Council said that they would not have that sort of behavior. But they also said it was an improvement over the past. Despite those incidents, their crime rate was at its lowest for some time.

-Kevin-
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Smirk .. ;-)

#11 Jun 13, 2011
No PG.. that isn't what I was saying. I was being sarcastic. I think we've went into this before.
SC Redneck

Lexington, SC

#12 Jun 13, 2011
-Kevin- wrote:
No PG.. that isn't what I was saying. I was being sarcastic. I think we've went into this before.
You were sterotyping nothing more nothing less own it

“Purple girl in a purple world”

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Plum, Purplonia

#13 Jun 13, 2011
-Kevin- wrote:
No PG.. that isn't what I was saying. I was being sarcastic. I think we've went into this before.
I knew you were being sarcastic. But remember that I always expand things and connect them to greater principles. Please allow me to expand and post my feelings without feeling I misunderstood you. I understood you and moved on to share something new. That is how I ALWAYS am, so please remember that and never explain a joke to me. I get them all, but they jog things in my mind that I have to share with others. That is true for many women. If I don't seem to acknowledge things as you want, it is because it is so obvious. If something is obviously funny, then why should I tell you that I think it is? It is, and you should know that and trust me to know that.

I am just frustrated of having to explain this each time I be myself in public. I got it and I had the right to broaden the topic. I trusted you to understand that. This is my permanent style, that is how I express myself, and I will never change it no matter what.

“Purple girl in a purple world”

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#14 Jun 13, 2011
Expanding topics is an absolute need of mine, and it is abuse to criticize me from expressing myself and exercising this need, and abuse to even assume I say what I do as a lack of understanding. I have a need to be able to take anything a person shares and turn it into a teaching moment. I feel most alive when I teach others, so please do not rob me of this.

-Kevin-
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Smirk .. ;-)

#15 Jun 13, 2011
No no no no..

See there is a poster in here named "Cooterbob" that is a "character"

Anytime anyone accuses anyone of being racist, especially him, and they talk about reporting him, he goes on about NASCAR and his "racin" page and how no one is going to take it down. As if he is confusing "racist" with "racing"

For example.

http://www.topix.com/forum/city/pratt-wv/TCMJ...

I was making a reference to those jokes. Cooter in a known resident of these parts. Some of you that just started posting here may not know that.

And no, CooterBob isn't me.

“Purple girl in a purple world”

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Plum, Purplonia

#16 Jun 13, 2011
-Kevin- wrote:
No no no no..
See there is a poster in here named "Cooterbob" that is a "character"
Anytime anyone accuses anyone of being racist, especially him, and they talk about reporting him, he goes on about NASCAR and his "racin" page and how no one is going to take it down. As if he is confusing "racist" with "racing"
For example.
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/pratt-wv/TCMJ...
I was making a reference to those jokes. Cooter in a known resident of these parts. Some of you that just started posting here may not know that.
And no, CooterBob isn't me.
I know all that. But I used that as a springboard for my own ideas as I have a need to do, and what you should know me for by now. It doesn't mean I don't get the inside joke, and there was no reason to try to explain or correct. That is what I do and who I am, and I have a right to be who I am without my nature being mistaken for ignorance. I already got it, had a laugh, and moved on to teach and to share. If you really knew me, you would have known about my needs and my style. I shared what I did to have fun, and I felt important for sharing it too, and you had to deflate my high. Knowledge is power and sharing knowledge is fun. Knowledge is power over others (if someone is into that sort of thing, I'm not, but it is a possible use), power to be an individual, and freedom from others. People who are too stupid to fix their own cars are forced to waste money on a mechanic. People who know how to make money have a natural advantage over those who don't, and rightfully so. I get as much out of sharing what I know and feel as I get out of reading and telling jokes.

Whatever. TTYL.

“Purple girl in a purple world”

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Plum, Purplonia

#17 Jun 13, 2011
What must I do around here to get to use a joke as a springboard for *my* ideas without being accused of not getting the joke? I have the absolute need to do that and for others to appreciate my connecting of the joke to a greater principle and point. That is a natural part of it to me, and not a flaw on my part. This happens about every time, and I am sick of it. That is who I am and I have a right to express who I am. That is why I left Troll and Topix forums before because the people were unable to let me be me, and unable to be serious as I am and enjoy it as much as me.

“Purple girl in a purple world”

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Plum, Purplonia

#18 Jun 13, 2011
-Kevin- wrote:
No PG.. that isn't what I was saying. I was being sarcastic. I think we've went into this before.
I don't care what you were saying. I simply wanted to share my own point, and this was the perfect entrance for the subject I wished to discuss. What people share merely illustrates greater principals that apply to life in general, and it is fun discussing them. I had fun sharing what I did until someone had to steal that from me.

“Purple girl in a purple world”

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Plum, Purplonia

#19 Jun 13, 2011
I am done with this thread and won't read any more replies. It is off my tracker. I was having fun, and I felt so great after post 10. But I was misunderstood, and it destroyed the fun I had and turned me off to this thread and perhaps one of its posters forever. I was merely sharing something on-topic, and Kevin's joke seemed like the perfect segway into what I wanted to share. My opening question was rhetorical and my own form of humor. I left 2 two posts after the unwanted explanation in post 11 to make sure it wouldn't happen again, just because of my communication style and needs. But rather than stop as I was requesting, he had to continue again in #15 and pretend I didn't know the whole story. I got it from the beginning, but my post had nothing to do with any of that.

That is how many women share, they say whatever other things remind them of, no matter how disconnected they are. Like if someone was talking about a plane trip and the difficulties they were having and the woman exclaims she was on the flight because she and her husband were on their honeymoon. It doesn't mean the woman misunderstood or that she thought the 2 stories were connected. It just reminded her of her own story in some vague way, and she felt controlled to share. But typically, her husband will then abuse her by either insulting her intelligence and telling her that the 2 things have nothing to do with each other (when she never said they did), telling her to shut up, or saying it is not the other person's business.

-Kevin-
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Smirk .. ;-)

#20 Jun 13, 2011
Ok.

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